Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse put together a clean final two runs to overtake Team USA’s Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, and win a second consecutive Olympic gold in women’s bobsled.
Humphries and Moyse were down nearly a quarter of a second to USA-1, but cut the Americans’ lead to .11 of a second after the third run this morning.
On their fourth and final run, they turned in their slowest time at 57.92 seconds.
But Meyers and Williams still had to deliver on their own final run – the very last one of the competition.
Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t get the fast ride they needed. They wound up getting the silver, losing out to Humphries and Moyse by one-tenth of a second on aggregate time.
Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans of USA-2 were in bronze medal position going into today and they were able to stay there to land the final spot on the podium. They finished one second behind the Canadians.
Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones in the third U.S. sled were unable to improve upon their 11th place standing after yesterday’s first two runs.
Despite the near-miss for the gold, Sochi still marks the first two-medal performance for U.S. women’s bobsled in a single Winter Olympics. Additionally, the U.S. has earned at least one medal in each of the four Olympic women’s bobsled competitions.
But Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers remain the lone U.S. women’s bobsled gold medalists after taking the first-ever Olympic title on home ice at Salt Lake City 12 years ago.
WOMEN’S BOBSLED – FINAL STANDINGS
Aggregate time across four runs
1. Canada-1 (Kaillie Humphries/Heather Moyse), 3:50.61
2. USA-1 (Elana Meyers/Lauryn Williams), +.10 seconds
3. USA-2 (Jamie Greubel/Aja Evans), +1.0 seconds
11. USA-3 (Jazmine Fenlator/Lolo Jones), +3.36 seconds